What a Way to Start 2021

This year has been a rough one for me health-wise. January ended with me in the hospital, after an ultrasound scan revealed a 9-cm-wide aneurysm to the aorta in my lower abdomen. A young doctor by the name of Giovanni Della Casa noticed the problem while checking my lymph nodes for traces of a recent melanoma. My lymph nodes were clean but Doctor Della Casa … Continue reading What a Way to Start 2021

Why does Italy often act as a junior partner of NATO rather than the senior partner and major naval power that it is?

On or about three months ago two Italian fishing boats and their crews were high-jacked while in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea by armed militias of one of the most unpredictable dictators in the Arab World. General Haftar, who rules over the eastern half of what was once Libya, ordered the two fishing boats commandeered and forced to dock in a Cyrenaican port, their … Continue reading Why does Italy often act as a junior partner of NATO rather than the senior partner and major naval power that it is?

DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS!

My Dad would often say that whenever I would leave the room or the house. It was his way of reminding me “to watch my back”. Good advice, especially in Italy, where if you are not careful the authorities will literally take the shirt off of your back in taxes. In this land of unreconciled conflicts of interest and unfair competition (mostly by State Monopolies … Continue reading DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS!

A Tribute to ‘Zena’ on the Inauguration of the New San Giorgio Bridge in Genoa

At 11:37 am on the morning of August 14, 2018, a 200 meter stretch of Genoa’s “Morandi Bridge” suddenly bottomed-out dumping dozens of cars and trucks into the Polcevera river hundreds of feet below. When the smoke had cleared away the death toll stood at 43, making it the worse “automotive” disaster in the City’s history. My relationship with Genoa and the Ligurians, dates from … Continue reading A Tribute to ‘Zena’ on the Inauguration of the New San Giorgio Bridge in Genoa

Ma dove vai se la mascherina non ce l’hai?

Oggi è venuto il tecnico dei condizionatori d’aria per verificare e pulire l’impianto di condizionamento del nostro appartamento prima dell’estate. Era munito di mascherina e guanti come io e mia moglie. Ormai è diventata un abitudine per tutti (o quasi), almeno da queste parti. In casa teniamo tre mascherine a testa (per me e per lei) ed una scatola di guanti di gomma usa e … Continue reading Ma dove vai se la mascherina non ce l’hai?

Where do you think you’re going without a face mask?

Today a technician came to check out and clean our apartment’s air conditioning system made up of two wall-mounted indoor units and their outdoor motors. He arrived wearing a face mask and rubber gloves. My wife and I greeted him with face masks and rubber gloves on. By now its become a habit for all (or most) of us, at least  in this part of … Continue reading Where do you think you’re going without a face mask?

Italian bank regulations make cashing even US Government Checks a Nightmare!

A few days ago I received a check in the mail from the US Department of the Treasury in the amount of $ 1,200.00 (US), representing President Donald J. Trump’s Economic Impact Payment to American citizens regardless of residence in efforts to offset the many negatives of the current Pandemic. The check arrived at my Italian address in a plain envelope by regular first class … Continue reading Italian bank regulations make cashing even US Government Checks a Nightmare!